The high cost of a drunk driving conviction

While it is no secret that a Missouri drunk driving conviction is a serious offense, many state residents do not fully understand the true, comprehensive costs associated with this type of crime. At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we have a firm understanding of just how much a driving under the influence conviction can cost you in the long run, and we have helped many clients facing similar circumstances defend themselves against such charges.

According to BACTrack, a DUI conviction can wind up costing you considerably more than you might think. In addition to taking an emotional toll on you, a DUI conviction comes with a tremendously high price tag, and fines directly linked with your conviction, though considerable, are not the only expenses you may have to worry about.

While the amount you can expect to pay in fines varies broadly from state to state, most Americans can anticipate having to pony up somewhere between $13,000 and $27,000 for a first-time DUI conviction. This figure includes expenses relating to bail fees, towing fees, court fines, sentencing fees, ignition interlock devices and probation supervision costs, among related expenditures. It does not, however, consider additional expenses you may face after a DUI.

Just what types of additional expenses might you face in the wake of a DUI? For starters, in addition to increased auto insurance costs, you may have to pay for property damage on your vehicle, or someone else’s. You may, too, find yourself on the hook for medical care costs in an accident’s aftermath. Furthermore, you may find that you are no longer able to work in your current position, or that you have a more difficult time finding employment following a DUI, which can make such a conviction even more of a financial burden. You can find more about DUI defense by visiting our webpage.


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